Congregation Emanu-El celebrates 75 years

Published on: 3/20/2014

Join Congregation Emanu-El for an afternoon of Jewish folk music, dancing and ethnic food from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at Carroll College Stackner Ballroom, 101 N. East St.,Waukesha.

The event, "Looking Back, Moving Forward: A Celebration of 75 Years of Jewish Community and Continuity," features The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, the Midwest's most popular klezmer band, touring seven times in Europe and performing throughout the U.S., including Carnegie Hall. Maxwell Street has been central to the revival of traditional Jewish music in the Midwest.

Whether one is knowledgeable about Jewish music or a newcomer, klezmer music opens the door to a world rich with energy and emotion. The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band retains the soul of the Old World in its interpretation of klezmer while adding its own creativity, spirit and humor to create a performance that is expressive, entertaining and uplifting.

Other special musical guests include Hazzan Jeremy Stein and Arlene Spanier. Stein is cantor of Milwaukee's Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid, known for his combined passions of jazz, folk, and pop with Jewish music. His performances have taken him to such stages as Carnegie Hall and the Original House of Blues in Boston. Spanier is Congregation Emanu-El's own cantor since 1995. Her father was also a cantor.

Advance purchase required. Tickets are $10-$100. For tickets, call Mary Schuman, (262) 367-6719,

For more information, call Karyn Youso, (414) 403-5490,

Founded in 1939 and located in Waukesha, Congregation Emanu-El is the second oldest Reform Jewish synagogue in the Milwaukee area. Members come from a wide geographic area that includes Milwaukee, Waukesha, and Jefferson counties.

Additional Upcoming 75th Anniversary Events:

Sunday, Nov. 9 — "Growing up Emanu-El" a play performed by our Sunday School children capturing the essence of shul student life through the decades.

Saturday, Nov.15 — The premiere screening of a documentary film archiving the Temple's history "Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha: 75 Years of Jewish Community and Continuity" and a celebratory Havdallah service.